Maria Cornejo Really, Really Likes Jumpsuits
What were you thinking when you got dressed this morning? I was thinking, oh my god it’s pissing down rain and I’ve got Barneys coming in first thing in the morning and what am I going to wear — it’s freezing cold and I’m a lazy dresser, so I just picked a jumpsuit because it’s the easiest thing for me to put on. This is what I live in, usually — jumpsuits. When you’re designing, you just want something that you can throw on and not think about. I start dressing almost like a boy.
My necklaces are all presents from my friends and mother-in-law. My husband doesn’t buy me jewelry so she’s given me things that belonged to her over the years.
Style advice I would give is: keep it simple. Don’t follow trends, follow what suits you. Everybody has different bodies so we have to learn to love that. If something looks good on a model, doesn’t mean it will look good on me. Accept what your strong points are and play on them.
We’re bombarded with images in fashion and so many collections and “the look of the season,” but as you get older and hopefully wiser, you start to edit and start to realize what suits you. It’s like an evolution. You keep bringing in new pieces every season but you do have a certain thing that you keep going back to. Yeah, I’ll try color and I’ll try print, but deep down, I love navy blue and I love a jumpsuit.
When there’s so much fashion going on, you just want something that you trust is going to make you look good and a jumpsuit is just that. You’re saying “Ok, that’s it,” you don’t have to think about it. Women are overwhelmed with choices. A jumpsuit is easy, it’s a working women’s suit.
I’m excited that resort just launched. Every time I think gosh, what are we going to do?, we figure it out. I call it “inspiration desperation” — this constant demand for newness, and just when I start to think I’ve tapped out, something comes up. People think design is very glamorous but it’s quite torturous actually. We’re not dealing with facts and figures, we’re dealing with something that’s — I don’t know what people will want in a year, I just know what I’m thinking, and if it works it works and if it doesn’t…I don’t have a crystal ball. But it’s fun at the same time. We’re like goldfish — the moment we see something beautiful, we forget about the pain.
Images by Krista Anna Lewis